The New Releases Show with David Mellor: 22 June 2013

There's a bit of a birthday theme to this week's show - with an Album of the Week from a composer who just turned 200.

There's plenty to celebrate in this week’s New Releases Show. David Mellor ’s Album of the Week is by a composer whose 200th anniversary is being marked this year. He's pictured here - but who is it?

And there's a box set released to mark another composer's centenary.  

Plus David’s Recording of Special Historical Significance is a box set profiling a maestro who this week turns 80.

Conoisseur's Choice

Vincenzo Bellini
Cecilia Bartoli/Sumi Jo/John Osborn/Michele Pertusi
Orchestra La Scintilla/Giovanni Antonini
Decca 4783517

David's verdict: "A new recording of a new specially prepared edition of Bellini's Norma...the first ever to be made using period instruments."

Album of the Week

Wagner in Switzerland - Scenes and Orchestral Pieces
Egils Silins
Tonhalle Zurich/David Zinman
RCA Red Seal 88725479412

David's verdict: "A very well produced set...And a very very good contribution to Wagner's bi-centenary year."

Choice for the Curious

Richard Strauss
Josephslegende, Love Scene from Feuersnot, Festmarsch
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Neeme Jarvi
Chandos CHSA5120

David's verdict: "Well-worth hearing and very well performed."    


Best Bargain

Choral Works and Operas for Children
Elisabeth Soderstrom/Robert Tear/Sir Thomas Allen/Dame Janet Baker etc.
EMI Classics 0151562

David's verdict: "Lots of good stuff here."

Recording of Special Historical Significance

Claudio Abbado
The Symphony Edition
DG 4791046

David's verdict: "Abbado always challenges his listeners. It really is an unbeatable bargain."

The New Releases Show

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Every Saturday night at 9pm-10pm, David Mellor reviews all the latest classical music releases.